Shrubbery – Substitute For Schip Laurel

Q: I have decided that Schip laurel shrubbery would fit in perfectly with my house but haven’t been able to locate any after calling nurseries in my area.

A: Schip laurel is an excellent foundation shrub. I don’t know why nurseries don’t carry it. Another option is Distylium Emerald Heights. This evergreen plant is described as a good replacement for laurel shrubs. Distylium Vintage Shade is the smallest of the new introductions and might make a good evergreen groundcover. I’ve seen both at local nurseries.